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OSHA News Release – Region 5
U.S. Department of Labor
Region 5 News Release: 05-668-CHI
April 29, 2005
Contact: Brad Mitchell
for Safety and Health Violations
TOLEDO, Ohio -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations carrying $130,775 in proposed penalties against BBI Enterprises LP, Sidney, Ohio, for alleged violations of federal workplace safety and health standards.
OSHA's citations alleged 11 serious and two repeat safety violations and seven serious and two repeat health violations. The company produces fiberglass insulation parts for the automotive industry.
"Strong enforcement is a key part of OSHA's efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses," said Jule Jones, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "The significant penalty of $130,775 in this case demonstrates our commitment to protecting the health and safety of America's workers."
OSHA opened a health inspection in November as part of the agency's "Site Specific Targeting" program that directs inspections to work sites that have reported high injury and illness rates. Once on-site, inspectors expanded the inspection to include safety concerns.
Alleged safety violations include electrical hazards, unguarded machinery and moving parts and a lack of personal protective equipment for workers. Alleged health violations include a variety of personal protective equipment problems; a lack of medical evaluations; failure to lockout equipment or to provide the means to lockout equipment to render it inoperable during maintenance and repair; and lack of a written respiratory protection program, among others. Penalties for alleged safety violations totaled $84,000 and $46,775 for alleged health violations.
A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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